The Blue Helmet

The Blue Helmet

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Lee wants to be a Tarantula -- a member of the biggest, most powerful gang in his neighbourhood. But when his initiation goes wrong and the police catch him robbing an auto supply store, Lee's father sends him to live with his aunt in New Toronto.

Lee feels more lost than ever. His mother's death from cancer, and his father's constant absence working two jobs mean he has practically had to raise himself. But though he initially resists his Aunt Reena and the customers of Reena's Unique Café -- a ragtag collection of the unusual, the unkempt and the deeply eccentric -- Lee gradually learns to open himself up to his new surroundings. When Lee strikes up an unlikely friendship he is suddenly confronted by the ravages of violence, and is forced to face the consequences of his own aggression.

The Blue Helmet is a powerful portrait of one young man's struggle to come into his own, and the peace that comes from the achievement.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, ©2006.
ISBN: 9780770430023
Characteristics: 167 pages ;,22 cm.


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Sep 22, 2010

William Bell doesn't cease to amaze his readers in the depth of his entrancing stories, such as this one.

Cinder_2_ash Mar 26, 2010

Wow. This book was so moving, and dark. The way Bell explored the after effects of war, not war itself, was sound. The actions so true to the characters; I was quite enthralled, as I marched through this read. It is by far one of my favourite books of all time.

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